2018 Best & Brightest: Earwin Tape, University of Georgia (Terry)

Earwin Tape

University of Georgia (Terry)

“Not a bandwagon Golden State Warriors fan.”

Fun fact about yourself: One time I was stuck in quick sand when I lived in Ivory Coast.

Hometown: Roswell, GA

High School: Centennial High School

Major: Finance

Minor: Sociology

Favorite Business Course: Private Equity

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College: Dean’s List, Honors College, Zell Miller Scholarship, Delta Sigma Pi (Member), National Association of Black Accountants (Member Relations Chair), The Corsair Society, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Terry Ambassador

Where have you interned during your college career? PwC – Start Intern (Atlanta Summer 2016), PwC – Consultant Intern (New York Summer 2018)

Where will you be working after graduation? AT Kearney – Business Analyst

Who is your favorite professor? Dr. Annette Poulsen – Dr. Poulsen was my professor for my first finance class. She’s always been a positive influencer in my life and has helped me grow not only as a professional, but also as a person.

What did you enjoy most about your business school? I enjoyed learning the different perspectives my fellow students and I had and how they could be applied to the complex problems faced by companies.

What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business? Collaboration is key to success. I’ve been in numerous situations where working in groups lead to the creation of innovative solution that I couldn’t have developed on my own.

“If I didn’t major in business, I would be majoring in or studying…Computer Science! For me, the biggest draw to business was the problem-solving aspect which is very present in computer science. It’s satisfying having no clue how to approach a problem initially and to coming up with an answer that just makes you say “wow!”

What has surprised you most about majoring in business? How your success is influenced heavily by networking and putting yourself out there. Coming into college, I believed the most important aspect of success was being the smartest in the room. However, I’ve learned that building a strong network of peers can lead the opportunities that might not open through academics alone.

Who most influenced your decision to pursue business in college? My high school economics teacher. My senior year, I took Mr. Silver’s introductory course on economics. I was fascinated by how applicable and meet with him throughout the year to talk about jobs in economics. It was through him that I ultimately decided to pursue business in college.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? Terry Ambassador – As an ambassador, I have the opportunity to give back to the community that I consider my family. I’ve grown so much over the past four years that I feel obligated to continue the positive trend. One the best aspects of being a Terry Ambassador is the chance to help younger students develop into young professionals.

If you were a dean for a day, what one thing would you change about the business school? I’d introduce a collaboration focused course that graded students based on their ability to work in different group scenarios.

Which classmate do you most admire? My friend, Fernando Cruz, is someone that admire. Since meeting him, he’s encouraged me to give my best effort in anything I try and has helped me work through tough problems.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? My younger brother. I try my best each day so that he has a person to emulate.

What would your theme song be? My theme song would be “Finish Line/ Drown” by Chance the Rapper. I’ve been a longtime Chance the Rapper fan and this song’s theme is rooted in the idea that one’s success is the product of the help of a number of people. I feel that I’ve been able to get to where I am now through the help of my family, friends and professors.

What are the top two items on your bucket list?

  1. See the Northern Lights
  2. Backpack Europe

Favorite book: The Kite Runner

Favorite movie: The Imitation Game

Favorite vacation spot: Denver, CO

What are your hobbies? Basketball, Traveling, Hiking

What made Erwin such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2018?

“Earwin Tape is an exemplary member of the Class of 2018 due to his scholastic and professional achievements, as well as his commitment to serving the Terry College community through his role as a Terry Ambassador, mentor, and student worker. Earwin is an Honors student, who is actively involved in the highly selective Corsair Society, where he was one of seven students selected for the organization’s management consulting track. He was also one of 160 students selected nation-wide for Harvard Business School’s Summer Venture Program in the summer of 2017.  He has held leadership roles in Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity, and the National Association of Black Accountants. In addition, he represents the College as a Terry Student Ambassador and has interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC.  After graduation, Earwin will be moving to Chicago to take a position at A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm.”

Kyla Sterling
Undergraduate Student Services & Corporate Relations
Assistant Director of Student Engagement


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